NACOGDOCHES, Texas – A landscape design seminar will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St.

Make plans to explore the fundamentals of landscape design through presentations, discussions and hands-on activities led by SFA alumnus, Seth Rodewald-Bates, a landscape architect for Spackman Mossop and Michaels, an international landscape architecture and urban design practice with offices in Sydney, Australia and New Orleans. He also serves as an adjunct professor at the Tulane School of Architecture,

Rodewald-Bates has worked on a variety of projects, including numerous campus, waterfront, urban and mixed-use developments. Currently, he is assisting on the design of MCCNO Park, a $60 million linear park in downtown New Orleans. Previously, Rodewald-Bates worked for Sasaki Associates in Boston, Massachusetts; Newton Landscape Group in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and the Chinati Foundation, a contemporary arts museum in Marfa, Texas.

During the seminar, participants will gain an understanding of design tools and the design process. They also will learn the basics of navigating surveys, drafting a base plan and developing scale drawings. Attendees can bring their own plans or develop concepts using workshop vignettes. Rodewald-Bates also will discuss current themes in landscape design using ideas that can be applied in your personal garden.

Rodewald-Bates graduated magna cum laude from SFA in 2001 with his bachelor’s degree in horticulture and received his master’s degree in landscape architecture from Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture in 2005. He is a certified by the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration and licensed as a landscape architect in Louisiana and Mississippi. He is a member of the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture Alumni Council.

Space is limited, so please make reservations in advance by visiting or call (936) 468-1832. Cost is $25 for SFA Gardens members and $30 for non-members. A second family member may attend for an additional $10.